Bees are nature's hardworking little helpers, and… they're just adorable! I bet you're wondering, "why are bees so important, and what can I do to help protect them?" Well, that's a great question!
Q: Why are bees so important?
A: We know that bees pollinate flowers, but when you break it down, bees are responsible for pollinating everything: flowers, fruits, vegetables and anything else that blooms! Their efforts help to feed not only us, but all life on land! Without bees, it would be impossible to feed the masses and keep our Earth green and lush. We depend on these little creatures to help us with our food supply (and we can’t forget honey, right?).
Q: How do honey bees pollinate flowers?
A: When a honey bee is out doing his rounds, he'll stop at a male flower to sip the nectar. When inside, the male flower's pollen rubs off on the bee (those little bits of yellow). Many bees have what is known as "pollen baskets" on their legs, which they use to collect pollen! When the bee visits a female flower, the pollen will rub on the inside of the flower. This is crucial to our ecosystem, as bees are the most common way flowers are pollinated!
Q: What plants attract bees?
A: Bees prefer a few specific colors, like yellow, white, purple and blue flowers. This is one reason why dandelions are so popular with bees! They also like flowers with ultraviolet markers because they can see in the ultraviolet spectrum (like ground lights signaling a landing airplane). Bees like texture, so they prefer multi-colored flowers, and of course the more fragrant the better!
Q: What can I do to help the bees?
A: You can start by planting a garden! Anything that flowers will need bees, and bees need anything that flowers! This includes vegetables (carrot flowers are called Queen Anne's lace), herbs (mint flowers are particularly aromatic and attract bees), and of course, wildflowers! Our Home Food Garden Kits are always packed with bee-friendly plants to grow! Lastly, pesticides, herbicides and climate change have a huge impact on your bees, so try and use home remedies for pest removal (like mixing dish soap and cayenne pepper).
Q: How do I remove a beehive?
A: This is a great question and something that needs to be talked about! If you have a colony of bees that have moved in and isn’t looking to move out any time soon, call your friendly neighborhood beekeepers! They will happily come to safely remove the hive and colony and take them where they can live happily ever after! Please do not attempt to remove hives yourself, or kill the colony!
Note: no one under the age of 1 should consume honey
Plant your bee-friendly garden today, and just watch those happy little bees get to work!